Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Bishop Godfrey Onah, has urged the people of Nsukka to support Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, with a view to achieving his development agenda for the people of the zone.
Bishop Onah made the call while delivering a homily at St Theresa’s Cathedral, Nsukka on Sunday.
Foreseeing the likelihood of resistance by land owners to new roads and projects involving their estates and lands during the implementation of the governor’s developmental agenda, the Bishop said such actions would not augur well for Nsukka.
“We should all know that for development to take place in any area, the people in that area must make sacrifices,” he reminded.
“Everybody in Nsukka zone is expected to contribute his quota to ensure that the present governor records enviable achievements,” he insisted, adding that since Ugwuanyi comes from the area, his success or failure must be seen as that of Nsukka as a whole.
“Remember him in your prayers so that God will grant him the wisdom of Solomon to govern this state.
“We must pay our taxes and obey government directives to enable him to take the state to the next level,” he admonished.
He appealed to the people from the zone to co-operate with the administration by willingly surrendering any of their landed properties needed for developmental purposes when the need arises.
“The governor will not achieve his objectives of making Nsukka a befitting university town if when the state wants to erect developmental structures or construct roads, owners of land will resist the attempt thereby becoming a stumbling block to the development of the area.”
He reminded the people that any development project designated for Nsukka by the state would be taken to another part of the state, if the people of Nsukka refused to donate land for such projects.
The Bishop, who last week led a delegation of Nsukka leaders on a courtesy visit to Governor Ugwuanyi, also assured Nsukka people of the good intentions of the governor for the entire Enugu state, including Nsukka in a special way.
He gave thanks to God for His numerous blessings and favours to him since his consecration as Bishop of the Diocese sin July 2013 in succession to Bishop Anthony Okobo, now retired.
Onah commended the catholic faithful in the Diocese for their prayer, support and encouragement.

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